June 8, 2021
The AUDL’s Executive Council, in consultation with the league’s Athletic Care Network (ACN) and AUDL COVID Task Force (ACTF), has approved a competitive format for the 2021 Canada Cup Series. The Canada Cup will be played between the league’s three Canadian teams: Montreal Royal, Ottawa Outlaws, and Toronto Rush.
In March, the AUDL announced the league’s three Canadian teams will not be included in the standard AUDL season due to travel restrictions at the US-Canada border. As is the case with the rest of the league, the league’s COVID protocols, established by the ACTF, will be enforced at all Canadian events, including training, practices and any team-associated activities.
The format for the Canada Cup is as follows: Each team will play an eight-game regular season—four games (two home, two away) against the two other teams. The season begins on Saturday, July 17 when Montreal travels to Toronto and will run until early September. The Canada Cup Championship game will be a one-game “winner take all” match between the top two teams from regular season play. They will compete for the $5,000 prize and the newly minted Canada Cup trophy.
The location of the Championship Game will be announced at a later date.
All Canada Cup games will be available on AUDL.TV. Some games may provide an opportunity for fans to attend in person but final decisions will be based on local COVID Health Guidelines.